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Nine foods that keep you awake
Last updated: Thursday, July 02, 2015

Do you dread bedtime because you spend hours tossing and turning? If you have difficulty falling asleep, or difficulty getting back to sleep, or wake up exhausted every morning, your diet may be to blame.

The nine foodstuffs often associated with insomnia include:

  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Sugar and sweet foods
  • Ham
  • Tomatoes
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Large amounts of any liquids
  • Any greasy foods
  • Spicy foods

It comes as no surprise that researchers have now found that all that tossing and turning may have more to do with your tummy, than with your head. Now, evidence from the US-based Mayo clinic has determined a link between insomnia and gastrointestinal disorders. These include indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.

The reasons why some people don't sleep well are well-documented and include:

  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Medication
  • Chronic disorders, including sleep disorders
  • Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol
  • Lack of exercise

What you eat, how much, and most importantly, when you eat, may all contribute to the quality of your sleep, say the researchers. Heavy eating, especially during the holiday season, can cause indigestion and heartburn. Try to slow down on greasy, sweet or spicy foods. And avoid heavy meals near bedtime.

But the news is not all bad - many bowel syndromes can be controlled by means of lifestyle changes and medication.

Foods that insomniacs should avoid

Foods that are best avoided by those who have difficulty sleeping, include bacon, cheese, sugar, ham and tomatoes, among others. Scientists say they contain an amino acid called tyramine. This releases a substance that stimulates the brain and keeps you awake.

Foods that help you sleep

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